Wareham Police Seek Man Who Nearly Struck Officer with Vehicle

If you see this man please contact police...
2014 booking photo of wanted suspect Jazz Tavares, age 29, of New Bedford (WPD photo)

Wareham Police officer Charles Pillsbury, working an off-duty detail Monday morning, noticed Jazz Tavares, age 29, of New Bedford driving with a female passenger.  Knowing that Tavares' driver's license was revoked, Officer Pillsbury stopped the vehicle.  When he advised Tavares that hs license was revoked, the subject stepped on the gas, causing the officer to run out of the way to avoid being hit.  Officer Pillsbury transmitted a description and travel direction to his dispatcher.

Minutes later, the car was spotted by Department of Natural Resources Director and Harbormaster Gary Buckminster on Cranberry Highway by New England Farms.  Officers pulled the car over, and discovered that Tavares was no longer driving. The vehicle was now operated by Kristina Boucher-Szwedko, age 26, of Mattapoisett, who was the female passenger previously observed by Officer Pillsbury.

Boucher-Szwedko refused to cooperate with police and was placed under arrest. She faces charges of accessory after the fact of a felony, interfering with the duties of a police officer, and numerous motor vehicle violations as the car was both unregistered and uninsured with attached license plates.

Two small children in the car were removed and given to a family member who arrived on location.

The Wareham Police are now actively seeking Tavares for the charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, operating to endanger, failure to stop for police, and operating with a suspended driver’s license.

Tavares is well known to the police and was arrested in 2014 with a stolen firearm in his possession.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Tavares should contact the Wareham Police Department at 508-295-1212.

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